Supporting a Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative

lac_atc_2013In Los Angeles County, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition are working to support improved policies and increased levels of funding for active transportation and complete streets. One of the ways SRTSNP and LACBC do that is by developing information for partners on potential policy solutions and their impact, through the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative (created in 2012), which endeavors to support improved transportation policy priorities for Los Angeles County specifically regarding transportation funding, equity, data collection and evaluation.

RSVP today for our August 28th meeting of the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative.

For more background on our efforts watch our videos:

Key Stats: In Los Angeles County, the popular narrative says that everyone drives all the time, and transportation policy has largely reflected this social understanding.  However, active transportation modes are a significant form of mobility, calling into question the truth of the dominant narrative.

  • 19 percent of all trips made in Los Angeles County are completed on foot or by bicycle (2009 National Household Travel Survey: 17.6 percent walking and 1.4 percent bicycling);
  • 34 percent of Los Angeles County students walk and bicycle to school (2009 National Household Travel Survey); and
  • 39 percent of Los Angeles County roadway fatalities are people walking and bicycling (SWITRS 2010);
  • One percent (1%) of Metro’s funding is dedicated to pedestrian and bicycling projects (Metro LRTP 2009 p.15)

Key Reports

Key Recommendations for Metro/County Transportation Policy:

  • Develop a Complete Streets or Multimodal Policy for all Metro Funded Projects
  • Increase allocations for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects in Metro’s Call for Projects
  • Allocate revenues from local sales taxes to bicycle and pedestrian projects
  • Prioritize local revenue sources for bicycle and pedestrian projects to make these projects easier for cities to complete in a timely manner
  • Expand Metro’s role as a Technical Assistance provider to assist cities in planning, designing and building active transportation projects
  • Develop a list of 100 shovel ready active transportation projects
  • Create an Active Transportation Division at Metro to plan and design larger projects
  • Establish performance criteria for transportation projects to improve safety
  • Allocate additional funding for Education, Encouragement and Enforcement activities
  • Include bicycle and pedestrian improvements in infrastructure bonds and legislative priorities

Key Recommendations for Cities:

  • Adopt local Complete Streets policies
  • Update local street standards
  • Adopt Pedestrian, Bicycle, Safe Routes to School Master Plans
  • Use SWITRS (Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System) data to prioritize safety improvements and high need areas
  • Include bicycle and pedestrian improvements in infrastructure bonds and legislative priorities
  • Leverage local funds as a match for other grant opportunities
  • Include bicycle and pedestrian improvements in infrastructure bonds and legislative priorities

Key Partners:

Notes from Previous Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative meetings:

 

More a individual supporter? No problem, you’re definitely still a part of these efforts.  Either way, consider emailing SRTSNP staffer Jessica Meaney and ask to be put on our Los Angeles County email list, liking us on facebook, and following us on twitter.

Return to Los Angeles County News/Blog posts  Questions email Jessica at jessica@saferoutespartnership.org or call at (213) 210-8136.

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